Jnana-Yoga :2-18.

 (Delivered in London)

There is a great tendency in modern times to talk too much of work and decry thought.
Doing is very good, but that comes from thinking. Little manifestations of energy through the muscles are called work.
But where there is no thought, there will be no work.
Fill the brain, therefore, with high thoughts, highest ideals, place them day and night before you, and out of that will come great work.
Talk not about impurity, but say that we are pure.
We have hypnotised ourselves into this thought that we are little, that we are born, and that we are going to die, and into a constant state of fear.

There is a story about a lioness, who was big with young, going about in search of prey; and seeing a flock of sheep, she jumped upon them.
She died in the effort; and a little baby lion was born, motherless.
It was taken care of by the sheep and the sheep brought it up, and it grew up with them, ate grass, and bleated like the sheep.
And although in time it became a big, full-grown lion. it thought it was a sheep.
One day another lion came in search of prey and was astonished to find that in the midst of this flock of sheep was a lion, fleeing like the sheep at the approach of danger.
He tried to get near the sheep-lion, to tell it that it was not a sheep but a lion; but the poor animal fled at his approach.
Swami Vivekananda
To be continued  ...